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  • IAHPERD Convention 2018 +

    Be the Champion

    November 15 - 16, 2018

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  • Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and Society of Health and Physical Educators have a partnership with the American Heart Association nationally.
  •  The Illinois Association gets a percentage of the gross money    earned in our state.
  •  Advocacy is a high priority for IAHPERD and AHA at the state level. Both associations are working together to help with efforts for physical education programs in the state.
  • IAHPERD hands out over seventy thousand dollars in grants through the Jump and Hoops money raised.
  • The on-line funding raising format has been upgraded to make it easier to contribute.
  • The prize list and incentives have been restructured to help with the fund raising efforts.
  • The curriculum for the school packages are based on heart health.


The IAHPERD Jump and Hoops Committee consist of several IAHPERD members from different areas of the state. We meet around four times per year and our main goal is to educate and promote the Jump and Hoops events. We also work closely with the American Heart Association representatives.
  • Our committee can put on full day workshops to hour- long presentations.
  • We can visit university and colleges to promote the events to students.
  • We hand out promotional items at the American Heart Association booth during the IAHPERD state convention.
  • We support the Health Fair in Chicago by giving away jump ropes to students.
  • We represent Illinois at the Midwest and National level.

Chair: Mary Kennedy – mjwkennedy51@gmail.com   (217-359-6441) (Eastern District)

Ken Mansell – quincypeteacher@yahoo.com (Western District)
Waneta Graham – wkg60@hotmail.com (Southwestern District)
Susan Shanel – sshanel@prodigy.net (Northern District)
Bob Mc Bride – iahperd@gmail.com (Western District)
Sally Chamberlain – sally_chamberlain@hotmail.com (Southwestern District)
Katy Elbe – Kathryn.elbe@tcusd2.org (Southwestern District)
Kelly Poskonka – Kelly.poskonka@heart.org (AHA Representative)

Please contact Mary Kennedy if you or your district would like to have more information or if you would like to high light your event or student.

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Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) and Hoops for Heart are national fundraising programs sponsored jointly by SHAPE and the American Heart Association. JRFH and HFH is a valuable program that promotes physical activity, heart healthy living, and community service to children. JRFH is targeted at students in elementary schools and HFH is targeted for middle and high schools, but anyone can hold either program at their school, child care center, community center, or anywhere! 

IAHPERD is proud to be associated with the American Heart Association and promoting the Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart programs in Illinois.  Thorugh grants and awards, the IAHPERD has extended the importance of the program.  PLease take a look at the links on this page to view and/or participate in some of the programs.

Read the latest issue of "The Pulse Online". A seasonal newsletter put out by the American Heart Association and SHAPE.


  • Pump Up P.E. Trainings +

    professional development program that trains P.E. teachers to implement high-quality enhanced physical education programs in Illinois that prepare students for a lifetime of health and fitness.
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    The day will provide many other outstanding presentations with a well-rounded program for Physical Education, Health and Driver Education..
    March 2, 2018
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  • Program Enhancement
  • Scholarships
Do you have an idea for your program that will greatly benefit your students but don't have the funds needed for equipment? Apply for an IAHPERD Program Enhancement Grant and you may get the money needed to get your program going? Read More
IAHPERD scholarships that are available for Physical Education, Health Education and Recreation students who qualify. IAHPERD will award five scholarships of $1,500.00 each and one scholarship of $2,000.00 to the student who qualifies as the most outstanding applicant. Read More

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